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Corona situation worsening

Published : 03 Jun 2020 09:48 PM | Updated : 07 Sep 2020 10:04 PM

The last few days have recorded upward trend of coronavirus transmission amid easing of countrywide lockdown as horrid people from all walks of life struggle to contain the rapidly spreading disease, sparking fear and alarm everywhere.

Mounting government concerns on how to deal with this unseen enemy
have been pervading every nook and corner of the country with people finding no way out either to stem the virus or keep financial status going.

Reopening of the offices, transport services, and other economic activities ignoring experts' advice and warning would only make matters worse, said experts.

They said, the corona virus infection will increase in the country until August. There is no possibility of lessening. No one can say after how many days it will decrease. About 70 to 80 percent of people may be infected. Until then, the situation in the country will be terrible.

A joint survey report on Bangladesh recentlyclaimed that the infection number may jump to 87,000 by the middle and 123,000 by the end of this month. This is a projection made by the team of experts from University of Dhaka, Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), and University of Toronto in Canada.

The experts, said the tally could be even higher as many cases remain not reported due to insufficient testing and contract locating facilities.

The number of patients infected with corona virus is soaring up. The first patient was detected in Bangladesh on March 8; his death occurred in 10 days.

In the beginning there was no real picture of the transmission of the virus asthere was only an opportunity to test in the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR).

After the scope of the test increased in April, the number of victims in the country also started to rise by leaps and bounds.
Former Vice Chancellor (VC) of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) and former Chairman of the Virology Department of the University, Professor Dr Nazrul Islam said, only 30 percent of those infected with the corona virus have no symptoms. It gets better automatically.

“No one can predict when the virus will be weak. But we have to do whatever is necessary for controllingthe virus situation as very difficult days are ahead,” he added.

Noted microbiologist Ruhul Amin said that at present the sights of launch ghats and roads are horrible, there is no care ofhygiene. The situation may in the coming days will be dire.

After infecting 70 to 80 percent of people, the virus may subside. Until then, the condition of the country will be miserable. Therefore, individuals must follow the health guidelines, he added.

Director General of the Department of Health, Prof. Abul Kalam Azad said, "The lockdown has been relaxed considering the country's economy."

“However, we will take action if the infection continues to increase. We also have that preparations. And there is no problem with medical services. COVID and non-COVID patients have been treated in all hospitals.”

On Wednesday, Bangladesh saw another spike in the number of coronavirus cases and deaths when the health authorities announced detection of 2695 new cases.

“During this period, 37 patients have died, raising the death toll to 746,” said Prof Dr Nasima Sultana, Additional Director General of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) at a regular online briefing.

The number of globally confirmed coronavirus cases has gone up to 6,377,596 while the death toll reached 380,205 on Wednesday morning, according to the Centre for System Science and Engineering of the Johns Hopkins University.